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Cavallino Classic 2016 serves up a Ferrari feast

The main concorso show lawn at the 2016 Cavallino Classic
The main concorso show lawn at the 2016 Cavallino Classic
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Held on the lawn at The Breakers Palm Beach, the Cavallino Classic's Concours d'Eleganza is just that, truly elegant
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Held on the lawn at The Breakers Palm Beach, the Cavallino Classic's Concours d'Eleganza is just that, truly elegant
1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy by Scaglietti
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1966 Ferrari 275 GTB/6C Alloy by Scaglietti
Seen in The Breakers parking lot - A LaFerrari hybrid supercar, which has a top speed of "over 218 mph" and a base price of US$1.4 million
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Seen in The Breakers parking lot - A LaFerrari hybrid supercar, which has a top speed of "over 218 mph" and a base price of US$1.4 million
1968 275 GTB/4
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1968 275 GTB/4
Robert Philips and the 1955 500 Mondial Spyder he has owned (and raced) since 1960. Deemed a 100 point car at the 50th Anniversary national Ferrari meet, its wins include Best In Show at Cavallino Classic, and first in class at Pebble Beach.
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Robert Philips and the 1955 500 Mondial Spyder he has owned (and raced) since 1960. Deemed a 100 point car at the 50th Anniversary national Ferrari meet, its wins include Best In Show at Cavallino Classic, and first in class at Pebble Beach.
1955 500 Mondial Spyder – the striking red interior and French blue exterior are its unusual, but correct and original, colors
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1955 500 Mondial Spyder – the striking red interior and French blue exterior are its unusual, but correct and original, colors
1955 500 Mondial Spyder - a racecar most of its life, drivers have included the glamorous and famous playboy/polo player, Porfirio Rubirosa
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1955 500 Mondial Spyder - a racecar most of its life, drivers have included the glamorous and famous playboy/polo player, Porfirio Rubirosa
Ferrari 500 TRC Scaglietti Spider currently owned by JW (Bill) Marriott Jr. who sold it in 1990 only to repurchase it again in 1997
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Ferrari 500 TRC Scaglietti Spider currently owned by JW (Bill) Marriott Jr. who sold it in 1990 only to repurchase it again in 1997
Ferrari 500 TRC Scaglietti Spider rear view
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Ferrari 500 TRC Scaglietti Spider rear view
1994 Ferrari 512TR Testarossa
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1994 Ferrari 512TR Testarossa
1994 Ferrari 512TR Testarossa - with its distinctive styling and "cheese grater" sides it remains one of the most recognizable Ferrari's to date
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1994 Ferrari 512TR Testarossa - with its distinctive styling and "cheese grater" sides it remains one of the most recognizable Ferrari's to date
2002 Ferrari 360 Spyder
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2002 Ferrari 360 Spyder
1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale Coupe
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1953 Ferrari 250 Europa Vignale Coupe
1974 Ferrari 246 Dino
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1974 Ferrari 246 Dino
The 1974 Dino model was distinctive for what is referred to as "chairs and flares" because it had these seats with opposite color insets and small fender flares
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The 1974 Dino model was distinctive for what is referred to as "chairs and flares" because it had these seats with opposite color insets and small fender flares
1971 365 GTB/4 Daytona
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1971 365 GTB/4 Daytona
1971 365 GTB/4 Daytona: This car was awarded Platino at the 2015 Cavalino Classic event
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1971 365 GTB/4 Daytona: This car was awarded Platino at the 2015 Cavalino Classic event
1955 Ferrari 410 Sport: This Platino example has won Best in Show at Cavallino and first in class at Pebble Beach. It's documented value is in the millions.
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1955 Ferrari 410 Sport: This Platino example has won Best in Show at Cavallino and first in class at Pebble Beach. It's documented value is in the millions.
1955 Ferrari 410 Sport rear view
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1955 Ferrari 410 Sport rear view
1969 Ferrari 365 GTS, a one year model with only 20 produced
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1969 Ferrari 365 GTS, a one year model with only 20 produced
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, Designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti
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1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, Designed by Pininfarina and built by Scaglietti
1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, rear view
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1965 Ferrari 275 GTB, rear view
Cavallino Classic - Where the uncommon becomes common
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Cavallino Classic - Where the uncommon becomes common
The main concorso show lawn at the 2016 Cavallino Classic
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The main concorso show lawn at the 2016 Cavallino Classic
The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, the first of Ferrari's supercar series, was built in small numbers, just enough to meet homolagation for FIA Group B racing. It's sticker price was $85,000 (although it's unlikely any sold for that, the demand would have driven up that price), one recently sold at auction for over US$2.4 million
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The 1985 Ferrari 288 GTO, the first of Ferrari's supercar series, was built in small numbers, just enough to meet homolagation for FIA Group B racing. It's sticker price was $85,000 (although it's unlikely any sold for that, the demand would have driven up that price), one recently sold at auction for over US$2.4 million
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta
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2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta, interior
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2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta, interior
2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta
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2001 Ferrari 550 Barchetta
2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
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2004 Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradale
1955 375 AM Speciale: This 1955 Turin one-off show car by Pininfarina, and the last 375 America, was sold to Giani Agnelli in 1955 and has won at Amelia Island, Pebble Beach and Best of Show Cavallino.
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1955 375 AM Speciale: This 1955 Turin one-off show car by Pininfarina, and the last 375 America, was sold to Giani Agnelli in 1955 and has won at Amelia Island, Pebble Beach and Best of Show Cavallino.
1955 375 AM Speciale, rear view
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1955 375 AM Speciale, rear view
1955 375 MM Speciale: This special bodied show car sold at auction in May of 2011 at the RM Villa d'Este auction for €3.36million to its current owner
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1955 375 MM Speciale: This special bodied show car sold at auction in May of 2011 at the RM Villa d'Este auction for €3.36million to its current owner
1972 365 GTB/4 Daytona
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1972 365 GTB/4 Daytona
The 1972 365 GTB/4 Daytona featured distinctive Borrani chrome wire wheels with "knock-off" nuts
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The 1972 365 GTB/4 Daytona featured distinctive Borrani chrome wire wheels with "knock-off" nuts
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradiale
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Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradiale
Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradiale – at 11 mpg estimated average around town you wouldn't buy this one for the gas mileage
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Ferrari 360 Challenge Stradiale – at 11 mpg estimated average around town you wouldn't buy this one for the gas mileage
$6,775 buys you this model Ferrari FXX K, made to order 1:8 scale by Amalgam Fine Model Cars. It's so detailed that in photos it looks real.
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$6,775 buys you this model Ferrari FXX K, made to order 1:8 scale by Amalgam Fine Model Cars. It's so detailed that in photos it looks real.
This is a model Ferrari FXX K, made to order 1:8 scale by Amalgam Fine Model Cars.
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This is a model Ferrari FXX K, made to order 1:8 scale by Amalgam Fine Model Cars.
This exhaust system was for sale, refitted with speakers. The best thing we heard it play? Ferrari F1 exhaust sounds.
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This exhaust system was for sale, refitted with speakers. The best thing we heard it play? Ferrari F1 exhaust sounds.
1954 Ferrari 250 Monza PF Spyder: Another Ferrari with genuine race history, this car finished 2nd in the GP di Napoli in 1954
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1954 Ferrari 250 Monza PF Spyder: Another Ferrari with genuine race history, this car finished 2nd in the GP di Napoli in 1954
1951 212 Export Vignale
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1951 212 Export Vignale
1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa: This is the first Ferrari ever imported into the USA and is considered to be the most important because of wins at the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia. It's home is now the Revs Institute in Naples Florida where it can be admired in person.
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1948 Ferrari 166 Spyder Corsa: This is the first Ferrari ever imported into the USA and is considered to be the most important because of wins at the Targa Florio and Mille Miglia. It's home is now the Revs Institute in Naples Florida where it can be admired in person.
1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale rear view
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1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale rear view
1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale: One of 7 built in this configuration, in the 1950s this model was popular for the big name races like the Tour de France Automobile, Mille Miglia and Carrera Panamericana
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1951 Ferrari 212 Export Vignale: One of 7 built in this configuration, in the 1950s this model was popular for the big name races like the Tour de France Automobile, Mille Miglia and Carrera Panamericana
1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta won it's class at Villa d'Este Concours in 1949 and competed in the Mille Miglia that year as well. Cars with genuine Mille Miglia history are super desirable because the recreation of this race allows these cars admission.
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1949 Ferrari 166 MM Barchetta won it's class at Villa d'Este Concours in 1949 and competed in the Mille Miglia that year as well. Cars with genuine Mille Miglia history are super desirable because the recreation of this race allows these cars admission.
1949 166 MM Berlinetta: This car was both the Geneva Motor show car and the Salon Torino show car. It has won at Pebble Beach, taken Best in Show at Concorso d'Eleganza, Villa d'Este and the Cavallino Classic, competed in the Mille Miglia and in general, has had quite a life!
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1949 166 MM Berlinetta: This car was both the Geneva Motor show car and the Salon Torino show car. It has won at Pebble Beach, taken Best in Show at Concorso d'Eleganza, Villa d'Este and the Cavallino Classic, competed in the Mille Miglia and in general, has had quite a life!
1967 Ferrari 330 GTC
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1967 Ferrari 330 GTC
1972 246 Ferrari GTS Dino
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1972 246 Ferrari GTS Dino
1972 246 Ferrari GTS Dino rear view
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1972 246 Ferrari GTS Dino rear view
1972 365 GTC/4, one of the few cars on the field in anything other than all (or at least partially) restored condition
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1972 365 GTC/4, one of the few cars on the field in anything other than all (or at least partially) restored condition
A few non-Ferraris make the grade here and they are all very special like this Bugatti
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A few non-Ferraris make the grade here and they are all very special like this Bugatti
Vintage Bugatti, front view
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Vintage Bugatti, front view
Alfa Romeo TZ
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Alfa Romeo TZ
Cavallino Classic, where non-Ferrari cars like these (that's a lovely old vintage Jaguar) are relegated to the side parking lot!
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Cavallino Classic, where non-Ferrari cars like these (that's a lovely old vintage Jaguar) are relegated to the side parking lot!
Main show field of the Ferrari Concorso d'Eleganza
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Main show field of the Ferrari Concorso d'Eleganza

It's called the Cavallino Classic, a five-day celebration of the Ferrari brand that includes numerous track events, educational symposiums, a driving tour and of course, parties. But the biggest show of all is the Concorso d'Eleganza on the Lawn at the Breakers, a celebrated classic grand hotel in Palm Beach, Florida, that even without 140 rare and pristine Italian sports cars on its sun-drenched lawn might be considered the ultimate symbol of wealth and exclusivity. But it's the Ferraris we're here for.

Organized by Cavallino magazine, a bi-monthly publication dedicated to the history of Ferrari, attending the show is open to anyone willing to spend $200 to walk through the gate, money well spent if your interest in collector automobiles is more than casual and you fancy a bit of an education on the brand.

Held on the lawn at The Breakers Palm Beach, the Cavallino Classic's Concours d'Eleganza is just that, truly elegant
Held on the lawn at The Breakers Palm Beach, the Cavallino Classic's Concours d'Eleganza is just that, truly elegant

The education to be found here extends to the entrants as well. Unlike most car shows which pit each car against all the others, this show judges each car solely against itself, assigning it 100 points to start with and detracting for features found to be not original or not in perfect condition. Ultimately the cars are judged to be the holy grail of "platino" (platinum) which requires 97 points or higher and allows it to be considered for major awards including Best Of Show..

Having your car documented Platino at this event raises its value significantly. Should it win a major award, even more. In a way this event is the Ferrari version of "no man left behind" because each entrant has an opportunity to spend time with the judges – the best in the field, men and women who can tell them what they need to do to raise the condition of their car ... and therefore its value.

Seen in The Breakers parking lot - A LaFerrari hybrid supercar, which has a top speed of "over 218 mph" and a base price of US$1.4 million
Seen in The Breakers parking lot - A LaFerrari hybrid supercar, which has a top speed of "over 218 mph" and a base price of US$1.4 million

Events like this are important in no small way for driving the collector car market upwards – a market where Ferraris dominate. Nine of the top ten all-time record sales are Ferraris. In fact, more than half of the top 100 all-time most expensive cars sold at auction are Ferraris. In 2011 the highest price paid for a car at auction was roughly $17 million in today's dollars, by 2014 that record was over $38 million. Both of those cars were Ferraris.

1955 Ferrari 410 Sport: This Platino example has won Best in Show at Cavallino and first in class at Pebble Beach. It's documented value is in the millions.
1955 Ferrari 410 Sport: This Platino example has won Best in Show at Cavallino and first in class at Pebble Beach. It's documented value is in the millions.

Because of this (and maybe that Florida sunshine in the month of January) many of the cars that turn up at Cavallino are, even by Ferrari standards very, very rare. Factory racers, vintage one off body designs and numerous low production models are all in attendance.

Check them out in our extensive cream of Cavallino photo gallery.

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